Meaghan’s unique and inspirational style of teaching is a reﬂection of her own journey toward healing through the gifts of yoga. She is committed to teaching yoga as a resource for personal inquiry, transformation, and authentic self expression. Her classes are a creative infusion of insight, story, and sequencing to empower and uplift every student.
The desire to share the gifts of yoga and create a place for community lead Meaghan to open Breathe in 2012. She is the co-director and lead trainer of Breathe’s 200 hr teacher training program, facilitates mentorship for yoga teachers, and leads trainings and workshops in meditation, Yin and Therapeutic Yoga.
Meaghan has been a student of yoga and meditation since the early 2000’s and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She humbly offers gratitude to the people who have most profoundly inﬂuenced her life and teaching: Seane Corn, Jill Sockman, Heather Tiddens, Dr. Deborah Milling, and her amazing husband Gil Elhart.
Gil joyfully discovered yoga thanks to a recommendation from a personal trainer. He immediately fell in love with the way the practice concentrated his awareness into his breath and provided him the opportunity to slow down and retune his body. Coming from an athletic background he understands how yoga can fit into an active lifestyle. Becoming a yoga instructor was a natural transition that stemmed from his passion to share the benefits of yoga and the powerful transformation it brought to his life.
Gil’s classes are fun and invigorating, light-hearted and empowering! His intuitive physical adjustments, goofy sense of humor and the ability to teach through story and metaphor make for a fulfilling experience of yoga.
Gil loves working one on one with students! Private lessons with Gil can have a transformative effect on your yoga practice and life outlook. His trained eye and knowledge of anatomy can assist you in rediscovering what balance and ease feel like in your body. Book a private with Gil now.
After suffering injuries from the rigorous practice of Tae Kwon Do, June began seeking a more ‘body-friendly’ holistic practice. At the end of her first yoga class tears rolled down her cheeks. She had managed to tap into emotions that had been locked inside for decades and the stress relief was incredible; She was hooked!
Not only did yoga heal her body, but it soothed her mind too. For June, yoga is a holistic practice of mind, body, spirit. She believes that yoga can be modified to suit every student regardless of level of fitness, flexibility or life-stage. June’s passion is guiding students so that they may seek their own path of self-discovery. She encourages them to be kind to their bodies as they practice at their own level.
Her teaching focuses on the precision alignment of Iyengar yoga, coupled with multi-style vinyasa. June studied yoga for eight years with wonderful teachers in San Diego, Guam and Virginia Beach before receiving her RYT 200 in January of 2011. Originally from the UK, June currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband Ron and twin boys Alex and Leo.
Julie has been a passionate yoga practitioner for nearly two decades. Her belief in the profound and transformational qualities of yoga originally inspired her to share its benefits with others. She completed her teacher training at Breathe Yoga Center, and also teaches yoga to children as a certified Rainbow Kids and YoKid instructor.
Julie offers a flow-style class with modifications that make the many benefits of yoga accessible to students at any level. Julie cherishes yoga as a sacred art but also infuses her class with a sense of fun, as a reminder of the ever present joys found both on and off the yoga mat.
Ann started her journey with yoga in 2008, and she immediately knew it would play a huge part in her life. At the time Ann’s husband was on sea duty and they had two young children at home, life was a little hectic. The yoga mat was, and continues to be Ann’s sacred space where she clears her head, challenges her physical body, and continues her personal growth.
Ann’s love of yoga lead to a 200 hour certification in 2009 and continued her training with Breathe in 2015. Ann teaches flow and yin style yoga classes that leave students feeling calm and at ease in their bodies afterward. She offers modifications for all levels of practitioner, and provides patient guidance.
Teaching yoga within the community of Norfolk is an honor and a privilege for Ann, and she is excited to be on this path.
Tenesha Bazemore began her journey in yoga in 2008. In a world filled with constant activity and stimuli, yoga is the perfect vehicle to still the mind and enjoy the present moment. She has obtained certifications in Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. She teaches hatha, vinyasa and yin to yogis & yoginis in every season of their lives. Her objective in class is creating space for tranquility, acceptance and growth through proper alignment in the practice of yoga. She teaches from the belief that the practice of yoga “is for ordinary people leading ordinary lives who which to take up the extraordinary challenge of awakening to their true nature.” This is a quote found in Donna Farhi’s book, Bringing Yoga to Life.
Jess found yoga by happenstance when she stumbled across a book on yoga poses at a garage sale. She quickly realized that aligning the body in these ways had great benefits and impacted the way she felt on a daily basis. Her curiosity piqued and she enrolled in a Yoga Theory course at the local community college. After falling in love with the practice, she received her 200hr teaching certification at Breathe Yoga Center in 2017 and followed up with additional Yin Training in 2018.
Practicing yoga has allowed Jess to connect with herself on a greater level and this connection inspired a journey of wellness. She believes the yoga mat can be a place of transformation, one where she began to find emotional balance, mental strength, and physical health. Her classes encourage exploration of the body and mind through asana, pranayama, and meditation. Expect a light-hearted and fun class that will leave you feeling strengthened and rejuvenated.
Christina has a heartwarming and inviting nature about her that welcomes everyone into her yoga classes. Her teaching career started many years ago with dance and Pilates. Before she began her professional dance career, she received her Dance degree at Old Dominion University where she still teaches in the Dance department. After suffering a string of overuse injuries, she rehabilitated through Pilates. Inspired by her results she became certified to help others. She continued learning and exploring the human body and all of its amazing capabilities, which lead to her discovery of yoga. She was at a cross roads in her life and yoga fell into her lap. Each new day yoga teaches her exciting and wonderful lessons, both physically through asanas and also by opening a new door to quieting the mind and becoming more present in her life. She has found yoga to impact her daily life significantly by relieving stress and continuing to promote balance in her physical body.
Christina loves sharing her found gifts of yoga with her students. Her teaching method empowers each individual to feel successful in every class by offering modifications and adjustments that support you in getting the most out of your practice. Please come and join her in class she is eager to meet you!
Hannah was introduced to yoga in college during her studies in Exercise Science. She ventured into many different types of exercise; however, yoga became a staple. She taught fitness classes for a few years, before turning to Breathe to complete the 200-hr teacher training program and commit to teaching yoga. She has a focus in functional fitness, preventative health, and alternative medicine in her teaching and studies. She works to integrate these into research initiatives toward stress-related physical limitations and cardiovascular health.
Hannah teaches a flow style class which works to bring the breath and mind into the forefront of the physical practice. Her focus relies on the breath leading the movement, and letting the mind have a break from the day-to-day to focus on the self during practice. She enjoys all types of yoga and works to bring different influences into class. Sailing and being on the water is a passion of hers, which she has integrated into her yoga practice through teaching stand-up-paddleboard yoga in the local area.